Friday, 12th April 2019 @ 17:30
Teams from Croydon, Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond qualify for the next stage of the competition thanks to Harlequins Foundation Coaches
On Thursday 21st March, teams from Harris Crystal Palace (Croydon U13/15); Kingsley Academy (Hounslow U15); Tiffin School (Kingston U13) and Christ’s School (Richmond U15), took part in the London Youth Games held in Hackney Marshes with the support of coaches from the Harlequins Foundation.
The London Youth Games main competition programme includes 30 different sports and 90 different disciplines and aim to inspire and enable every young Londoner to find their best through sport. They provide opportunities for young Londoners to come together and challenge themselves to achieve more through competition programmes, volunteering or just trying sports and activities they have never done before.
Christ’s School and Harris Crystal Palace, who are a part of Harlequins’ Project Rugby programme, were no strangers to the competition and they went on to great success, winning medals for their age groups in several thrilling matches throughout the day.
Tiffin (who were novices at the Games) are part of the Foundation’s SWITCH programme and showed fantastic improvement throughout the day.
Kingsley Academy, who had started playing rugby less than four weeks ago through Project Rugby competed with equal enthusiasm and made significant strides.
Harlequins Foundation Manager Matt Williams said: 'We've been really pleased with how well each of the three schools have welcomed rugby over the last few months.
“To see the girls enjoying themselves and representing their school at the London Youth Games was just the icing on the cake to finish off a great year for our SWITCH programme.”
All four teams have qualified for the next stage of the competition, the National Schools Games which take place between Thursday 30th August and Sunday 2nd September at Loughborough University.
Highlights from Harlequins' defeat to Clermont Auvergne in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final.